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Half-Life: Alyx

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After 12 years, Half-Life is back... In VR?
Let's see what they bring us!

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Guest Billy Russo

HOLY CRAP HALF LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...In VR

 

Don't care about VR, but looking forward to seeing someone play something new that is Half Life again. Crazy.

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Officer Friendly

Disappointing. We want Gordon. The conclusion to EP2. Not Alyx.

 

VR only?

 

 

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Dryspace

The only thing that would make me actually excited about this is if the reason we're playing as Alyx (if that is in fact the case) is that we are playing Half-Life 2 through Episode Two from the perspective of Alyx alongside Gordon.

 

That would, in my opinion, be a legitimate reason for unveiling a non-Gordon Freeman Half-Life game that doesn't resolve the massive cliff-hanger that Newell left us with, and that nobody asked for.

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Tchuck

I'll see what the release is about before jumping to any conclusion. Bought an Oculus this year, and really enjoy it. So this could be excellent.

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Guest Billy Russo
1 minute ago, Tchuck said:

I'll see what the release is about before jumping to any conclusion. Bought an Oculus this year, and really enjoy it. So this could be excellent.

Now I think of it more, it's actually a genius move. I feel like you lower your expectations a tad with VR games, whilst they still can be great. They also don't need to match the crazy high expectations people had of a Half Life 3 or any continuation of the story. They've brought a Half Life out, that's the main thing here. Hopefully it's a good VR story.

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Jason

Genuinely didn't think I'd see Valve announce a single player game ever again, it's amazing to see even if it's VR which is still mind blowingly expensive.

 

I am veeeery interested to see what this looks like and how it plays to be honest, what ideas Valve have cooking up, the visual style and games overall fidelity. It's been so long since Valve have actually put out something that is, seemingly, meant to push some boundaries and raise some bars. VR games in general also have a long list of problems that developers need to solve to really fulfil the potential and I know Valve have been working on problems like this for yonks now, so the result of that will be very interesting.

 

For those who haven't kept up with the leaks (which have been around for a few months now), the game is set between HL1 and HL2 and details what Alyx was up to during that time I believe.

 

Overall I just hope this isn't a case of Valve throwing people a bone or anything, and is instead the start of Valve getting back to making games. 

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Officer Friendly
8 minutes ago, Jason said:

Genuinely didn't think I'd see Valve announce a single player game ever again, it's amazing to see even if it's VR which is still mind blowingly expensive.

 

I am veeeery interested to see what this looks like and how it plays to be honest, what ideas Valve have cooking up, the visual style and games overall fidelity. It's been so long since Valve have actually put out something that is, seemingly, meant to push some boundaries and raise some bars. VR games in general also have a long list of problems that developers need to solve to really fulfil the potential and I know Valve have been working on problems like this for yonks now, so the result of that will be very interesting.

 

For those who haven't kept up with the leaks (which have been around for a few months now), the game is set between HL1 and HL2 and details what Alyx was up to during that time I believe.

 

Overall I just hope this isn't a case of Valve throwing people a bone or anything, and is instead the start of Valve getting back to making games. 

 

I am all for this game if it gets Valve out of their creative rut, however, as you said this better be a small part of more to come, not just a VR experiment they decided to throw together.

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Baserape

Bow down, our Lord has arrived to reclaim the crown.

 

Hail Lord Gaben!  

 

Fingers crossed HL3 will be released in a decade or two. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tchuck
1 hour ago, Billy Russo said:

Now I think of it more, it's actually a genius move. I feel like you lower your expectations a tad with VR games, whilst they still can be great. They also don't need to match the crazy high expectations people had of a Half Life 3 or any continuation of the story. They've brought a Half Life out, that's the main thing here. Hopefully it's a good VR story.

Yep, I think this is the best take on this. Any attempt at HL3 would just lead to disappointment; same with Duke Nukem forever. By putting this out, they temper people's expectations way better, and set the stage for a potential HL3 to be released, as people would have had a decent share of new HL with this.

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OysterBarron

Half life 3 confirmed.......

 

I swear if this turns out to be a bloody escape the room style I will be pissed.

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gooeyhole

This has been rumored for years right? I swear Half Life VR has been the worst kept industry secret. 

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Awful Waffle

Half Life is not Half Life without Gordon.

 

VR = gimmick, not a full video game...

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OysterBarron
54 minutes ago, Awful Waffle said:

Half Life is not Half Life without Gordon.

 

VR = gimmick, not a full video game...

You say that but it's not the first iteration to not feature Gordon as the main protagonist.

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Uncle Sikee Atric
1 hour ago, OysterBarron said:

You say that but it's not the first iteration to not feature Gordon as the main protagonist.

 

Aperture Science and Black Mesa are both in the same universe setting and the crossover between HL and Portal with the Borealis is just further proof....  So, Chell is an alternative protagonist in the Half-Life universe.

I'm on the fence about this, excited about something that has new Half-Life about it, but with the way Alyx is being influenced and subverted by G-Man (both in Episode 2 and the 'leaked storyboard' for 3), is this going to be a story about how you are corrupted / recruited by G-Man?

Could be a big indicator for future story lines if that's the case.

 

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AndyGanteks

Oh this might turn out good...

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Awful Waffle
1 hour ago, OysterBarron said:

You say that but it's not the first iteration to not feature Gordon as the main protagonist.

Alyx is cool. it's nothing personal.

I'm concerned about the combination of Alyx with the advertisement of it being VR; like we're just going to end up playing fetch with Dog and having some fun with the physics of the gravity gun. VR usually = gimmick but I would love to be proven wrong.

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paperbagdude

Should have cut out the VR bullsh*t, but this might as well be the bone before the meal, so let's see what the future brings.

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OysterBarron

I think from all our experiences of valve and over the years having a little insight into how their company works for them to be at this stage of announcing something new especially in the half life universe they must be onto something that is good and fun otherwise it would not have reached this stage within the company, if it sucks or isn't working out how they imagined they shelve it and move onto a new project.

 

Yes in some cases VR is used and it's gimmicky but alot of the time this is because it has been integrated into games that from a experience point of view was never ment to be played outside of a 3d image projected onto a screen. There are obviously exceptions to this like alien isolation and possibly dying light although never officially supported on launch titles VR brought a truly unique viewpoint to the game that you dont experience with the 2d 3d aspect.

 

But no doubt VR is evolving as time goes by with more experiences tailored to the unique aspects that vr brings to the table like head tracking and hand tracking can all add extra immersion and experience opportunities that until now have never been conceptualized in terms of game making. Dont get me wrong that killer AAA app hasn't arrived yet for VR and I'm not saying at all that this new half life is going to be said triple a but I'm confident in the way valve prototypes new experiences and games to know that they wouldn't be promoting this directly as VR if they weren't onto something especially with what is basically their forefront franchise.

 

 

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The N. Bellic Man

This is rather shocking news. A new Half-Life game is something I didn't expect at this point. This would be a must buy if it wasn't VR game, but at the moment I don't have any interest to invest in VR equipment. This could still be a good game though.

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DareYokel

Since Valve announced their own VR, I was convinced that the next Half-Life game would be a VR title. Glad to be proven right. Now let's see if my other prediction is good - that this game will set a golden standard for VR gaming.

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Lock n' Stock

What I'm wondering if this is an actual main instalment or just a spin-off.

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Gummy 
10 hours ago, Lock n' Stock said:

What I'm wondering if this is an actual main instalment or just a spin-off.

Spin-off probably. It's rumored to be a prequel starring Alyx.

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HaRdSTyLe_83

 i cant shake the feeling that this is Valve trying to push their VR headset

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AndyGanteks

 

ITS HAPPENING

 

it looks so good.

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Jason

Looks pretty f*cking cool yo.

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Spider-Vice

Holy sh*t Half-Life with remastered/remade models and in a more modern engine is something I didn't think I'd see coming from Valve ever again. Shame it's VR though, but there's potential here even for a future non-VR game.

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Baserape

It looks good.  If they've nailed movement Valve could be onto a winner.

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Sanches

I just hope they'll show more into Combine as dominators, not as militia who can't do a thing about a guy with a bar.

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AndyGanteks

Screens

 

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A set of Source 2 tools for building new levels will be available for the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve’s level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game's virtual reality gameplay tools and components.

 

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